It’s true that many for many Tentsile users, this is their first encounter with Ratchet buckles. These are the 2.5 tonne rated bits of heavy kit that allow your Tentsile to be properly tensioned. Without them, we’d be selling hammocks. With them, the experience is completely different to anything you will have felt before. The secret is that sideways tension means not just having stability but also having the ability to sleep in any position ( front included ) and to be able to stretch out in any direction without freedom of movement being restricted. This can only happen if you have 3-way-tension. You really need to try it to believe it…. The down side is that they are heavy and some customers have found them hard to use, so for them we have tried to make a very simple video describing their safe use!